Kerry Wood threw a scoreless minor league rehab inning on Thursday evening at Double-A Akron and is likely to rejoin the Indians before Friday’s game against the Blue Jays in Toronto. This according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes.
Wood has been on the disabled list since the middle of July with a blister on his right index finger. He had a 6.30 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and an 18/11 K/BB ratio in 20 innings before the disabling, but the Indians are going to hand him ninth-inning duties once he returns to justify the nearly $4.5 million that he’s still owed this season.
Chris Perez has served as Cleveland’s closer in Wood’s absence and has been fantastic. The 25-year-old hasn’t allowed a run since June 27 and has converted his last five save opportunities. Wood, meanwhile, has blown three saves in 11 chances this season. But, hey, money talks.